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Memorial Park project begins in Euroa

Monday, 4 September, 2017

A fresh, new park commemorating war heroes from throughout the Shire of Strathbogie is under construction in Euroa.

The Memorial Park, situated in the vacant land next to the Telstra Exchange building on the corner of Brock and McGuinness streets, is a true community project from the Rotary Club of Euroa.

This is the next big war memorial in the Euroa township, which is fast making a name for itself due to the success of the popular VC Memorial Park on Kirkland Avenue.

Strathbogie Shire Council has joined forces with Rotary to help provide upgraded infrastructure to the community with new toilets close to the main street in addition to the memorial park.

Rotarian Brian Bamford has been instrumental in the project, explaining it came from a suggestion to utilise the Telstra site for community use.

"After meeting with the relevant Telstra representatives, who indicated they would be willing to lease the land to a local group in perpetuity," Brian said.

"I took the proposition to our club with the idea that we could develop the block into a ‘Village Green’.

"Firstly it would clean up what has been an eyesore for some 30 years but it would also allow us to create a space where people could rest while stopping or while waiting for people at the doctors.

"There was always some thought that a memorial of some kind should form a small part of the park."

Rotary then applied for a State Government Victoria Remembers grant (worth $80,000) for projects that expressed remembrance of those who took part in WW1, to which they were successful.

"The plan was to inscribe the name of all personnel who enlisted from Euroa and district. This list has been compiled by local historian Jeff Starkey.

"We will have a park with five memorial boards, with the main purpose being that this area is a place for rest or for visitors to our town to have their lunch," he said.

He said Rotary hopes to invite the Lions and Apex clubs to help complete the project.

Currently, work is almost complete on the all-abilities, accessible toilet facility and adjoining shelter veranda area, which is Council-funded.

The existing toilet block, which sits on the pavement in the same location, will be removed, making way for additional car parks and a disabled space.

All this is part of Council’s $200,000 commitment towards the project.

Strathbogie Shire Mayor, Councillor Amanda McClaren said she is looking forward to seeing the project come to fruition.

"Strathbogie Shire Council is proud to support our local community in creating a new landscape for our residents to enjoy and recognise those who fought bravely in WW1 so that we could live in the peace we are blessed with today," she said.

"Council recognises the need to upgrade the existing toilets on Brock Street, which has been identified from comments from both community and visitors to town."

Other key items in this community project include:

  • Service infrastructure to the site, water, sewer and stormwater
  • Solar power units to run the electrical needs of the site, within the building
  • Solar tower lights in the garden
  • Garden area (which Rotary and community members will complete)
  • New seats and rubbish/recycling bins
  • A hydration station/drinking fountain, donated by Goulburn Valley Water
  • Additional street lighting near the toilet area
  • Memorial plinths (supplied through a State Government grant) in memory of WW1

Council and Rotary will coordinate and financially support the project wherever possible, steering it through to its November completion date.


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